Do you like Steve Earle? Were you able to see Steve Earle and the Dukes last night at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts but for some reason did not attend? If you considered it but decided to spend the night as a couch potato instead, go ahead and cry. Let those tears flow 'cause you reall ... More >>
There's certainly no dearth of hangouts in the Valley where cowboys, cowgirls, or anyone else sporting a western shirt can down something tall and strong, get in some two-stepping action, or just hear some ol' fashioned daggum country music, pardner. Off the top of our heads, we can name close to tw ... More >>
By Mark Keresman Brian Eno was quoted as saying, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band." Rock history is filled with bands and albums that were somewhat unappreciated in their time yet occupy an enviable (by some people, at any rate) ... More >>
â€‹When Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard takes up a solo project the results can be stellar -- just look at The Postal Service. So his newest project, a team effort with Son Volt's Jay Farrar (read an extended Q&A with Jay from earlier this summer here), is pretty intriguing. The pair recorded ... More >>
Jay Farrar spends a lot of time talking about the old days. Not just because his band, Son Volt, draws heavily from traditional American roots music. Also not just because his old band, Uncle Tupelo, pretty much invented the "alt-country" genre - though Farrar been known to bristle at the term.No, ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: David Irving's Holocaust Denial Wing-Ding YouTubed by Dennis Gilman Up on the Sun: Geek Beat: S ... More >>
Sadly, Phoenix is not getting Wilco this summer, as the band decided to take their extraordinary show to Tucson, but we're getting a pretty good consolation prize in Son Volt/Cowboy Junkies at the Mesa Arts Center on July 14. Tickets go on sale May 5 and will cost $40/$35. Old-timey alt-country fans ... More >>
Indie songsmith's tunes ring true blue
(Red Int/Red Ink)
Wormwood Brothers This local self-described "dustcore" outfit called Wormwood Brothers sent me a beautiful little track called "Trigger Happy" that reminds me of shoegazers with a taste for y'all-ternative bands like Wilco, Son Volt, and their ilk. It's pretty fucking melancholy, as are the other t ... More >>
The week's chartbusters
The Bakersfield school
The reissue of Uncle Tupelo's albums offers the world a chance to ponder how 'alt-country' got started
The Slaughter Rule (Bloodshot Records)
No, the Replacements aren't getting back together. Yet.
Jay Farrar secures his place as an alt-country icon and returns to form with a new solo album
Never Make it Home(Bloodshot Records)
Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Sub Pop)
Bringing Home the Last Great Strike (Self Help/Truckstop)
Alan Freed's Radio (Headhunter/Cargo)
A highly anticipated new release and a promising alt-country pairing head this week's happenings
No Sense in Runnin'
Roger McGuinn, still a Byrd man, doesn't wanna be a rock 'n' roll star
What happens when you cram too much music into one city and two pairs of eardrums? Nothing, if you move too fast to hear it all.
Skip Spence made one brilliant album, then spent the next 30 years dying in obscurity. Now, a new tribute album is giving him life again.
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy sinks his Summer Teeth into the sugary pop he was always meant to play
A recap of the releases that made it worthwhile to own a CD player in 1998
Three years ago, at the pinnacle of their 15-year career, local rock heroes the Meat Puppets vanished from view, after bass player Cris Kirkwood became addicted to cocaine and heroin. The story only gets worse from there.
Son Volt's Jay Farrar doesn't waste his words
Your guide to H.O.R.D.E. White-boy dreads and a hemp-cloth hacky sack are recommended, but no longer required.
The vocalist reinvents herself on a new album
Uncle Tupelo passed away, butheartland rocker JayFarrar has plugged backin with Son Volt